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India, EU Hold High-Level Talks on Migration, Mobility

India and the European Union on Thursday held the fifth high-level dialogue on migration and mobility and discussed steps aimed at realising the full potential of "further strengthening" cooperation in the key areas.

Sanjiv Arora, Secretary (Consular, Passport and Visa and Overseas India) and Paraskevi MICHOU, Director General (Migration and Home Affairs), European Commission co-chaired the talks, according to a statement put out by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

(Source: ANI)

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UP Police Registers Case Against Sonakshi Sinha Under Sections 406, 420 of IPC

UP Police, a case has been registered against actress Sonakshi Sinha at Katghar Police Station under sections 420 (cheating), 406 of IPC. In 2018, she had taken ₹24 lakh for a stage performance but didn't turn up. Police went to her residence in Mumbai, yesterday but she wasn't present then.

(Source: ANI)

Compound Wall of Building Damaged in Thane, No Casualties So Far

In Maharashtra, a compound wall of an apartment building, Central Point Society, was damaged after a tree fell on it and 3 vehicles, earlier this morning in Panchpakhadi, Thane.

No casualties/injuries reported. Fire brigade with 1 emergency tender and 1 rescue vehicle is present at spot.

(Source: ANI)

PM Modi to Meet BJP's Women MPs Over Breakfast

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet women MPs of the party over breakfast at his official residence. This will mark the PM’s fifth such interaction with party MPs.

(Source: Twitter)

World Needs Indo-US 'Mahagathbandhan': Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga

The strategic partnership between India and the US is the 'mahagathbandhan' (grand alliance) that the world needs, Mastercard CEO and president Ajay Banga said, asserting that strong ties between the "two greatest democracies" can make a difference in the world.

(Source: PTI)

Encounter Breaks Out Between Naxals, Police in Gadchiroli

An exchange of fire took place between Naxals and Gadchiroli Police in a remote area in Etapalli tahsil in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district.

The police retaliated after Naxals opened fire. They later fled the spot.

(Source: ANI)

First Train Carrying Water Moves From Vellore to Chennai

In Tamil Nadu, the first train carrying water from Jolarpet railway station in Vellore district to Chennai, started from the station this morning. The state government had announced to bring in water from Vellore by rail wagons as Chennai is facing water crisis.

(Source: ANI)

Pakistan Violates Ceasefire in Poonch, J&K

In Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan violates ceasefire in Poonch sector. Indian Army is retaliating. More details awaited.

(Source: ANI)

Fire Breaks Out at Hospital in Delhi, 6 Tenders on the Spot

In Delhi, fire breaks out at Employees' State Insurance Model Hospital in Basai Darapur. 6 Fire tenders have rushed to the spot. More details awaited.

(Source: ANI)

Indian Army Retaliates to Pakistan Ceasefire Violation in J&K

In Jammu and Kashmir, at about 8 AM today, Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation with firing of small arms and shelling with mortars along LoC in Mankote, Krishna Ghati Sector, District Poonch and Nowshera Sector, District Rajouri. Indian Army is retaliating.

(Source: ANI)

Pak Foreign Minister Mehmood Qureshi Heckled in London

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi heckled at a conference in London by a social media activist.

(Source: CNN-News18)

India Lifted 271 MN People out of Poverty Between 2006 and 2016: UN

“India lifted 271 million people out of poverty between 2006 and 2016, recording the fastest reductions in the multidimensional poverty index values during the period with strong improvements in areas such as "assets, cooking fuel, sanitation and nutrition," a report by the United Nations said.

(Source: Outlook)

6 Patients Rescued From Delhi's Hospital After Fire Broke Out, No Casualties Reported

In Delhi, fire had broken out in the ceiling of operation theatre on the 3rd floor at Employees' State Insurance Model Hospital in Basai Darapur. No casualty reported till now. 6 patients have been rescued.


India-US Trade Talks in Delhi Today

India-US trade talks to begin today, in Delhi. A delegation led by Assistant United States Trade Representative for South and Central Asia, Christopher Wilson is in Delhi to discuss bilateral and economic issues with his counterparts in line ministries and departments of Government of India.

(Source: ANI)

Tlabung in Mizoram Flooded Due to Heavy Rainfall

In Mizoram, Tlabung town flooded due to heavy rainfall in the region.

(Source: ANI)

Vikas Swarup Appointed As CPV, OIA in the Ministry of External Affairs

Vikas Swarup has been appointed as Secretary (CPV & OIA) in the Ministry of External Affairs.

(Source: ANI)

UP Police Visits Sonakshi Sinha's House for Inquiry in Fraud Case

The Uttar Pradesh Police visited the Mumbai residence of Sonakshi Sinha in an apparent attempt to reach out to the Bollywood actor.

The ongoing investigation by UP Police is in connection with a case registered against the actor for allegedly not performing at an event despite accepting payment for the same.

(Source: ANI)

Youth Drowned in Telangana While Making TikTok Video

In Telangana, a youth drowned yesterday while making TikTok video in pond in Hyderabad. M Mahesh, Circle Inspector, Petbasheerabad says, “Two cousins came to Dhulapally pond for having a bath. One of them drowned in water while shooting a TikTok video. Body recovered. Case registered.”

(Source: ANI)

SC Slams Plea Seeking Directions for Guidelines for Flying Squads, Frisking Students Before Exam Halls

Supreme Court today refused to entertain a PIL filed by advocate Anuja Kapur, seeking a direction for laying down guidelines for flying squads and invigilators on frisking of students before examination halls.

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and also comprising Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Aniruddha Bose, asked her to approach the Delhi High Court, if she wants, for any relief in the case.

(Source: ANI)

Two Injured in Inverter Blast in Shop in Satara

Two persons were injured in an explosion in the power inverter at a shop in Satara district of Maharashtra, police said.

(Source: PTI)

SC Refuses to Stay Maratha Court Order

Supreme Court refuses to stay Maratha reservation, However, SC said, 'we will hear the appeal for quashing of reservation for Maratha for admission in educational institution and government jobs.'

Supreme Court also issues a notice to the Maharashtra Government on the appeal filed in the Maratha Reservation case.

(Source: ANI)

Naxal With Rs 5 Lakh Reward on Him, Killed in Dantewada

In Dantewada SP Abhishek Pallav said, “A naxal carrying reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head is killed in an encounter with District Reserve Guard in Dabba area. Weapon and body recovered. “

(Source: ANI)

SC Refuses Interim Stay on Installation of 1.5 Lakh CCTV Cameras in Schools

Supreme Court refuses to give interim stay on installation of 1.5 Lakh CCTV cameras in classrooms of Delhi Government schools.

(Source: ANI)

3 Kolkata Municipal Officials Interrogated By CBI in Narada Sting Operation Case

Three officials of Kolkata Municipal Corporation - Amlan Lahiri, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to former Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, Dindayal Singh and Priyojit Ghosh are being questioned by CBI in relation with the Narada sting operation case.

(Source: ANI)

SC Declines to Intervene in Kiran Bedi vs Madras High Court Matter

Supreme Court has declined to intervene on appeals filed by Centre and Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi challenging the Madras High Court order which curbed the Lieutenant Governor's power not to interfere in the day-to-day administration.

A Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi disposes of the appeal of Centre and Bedi and said that Lieutenant Governor may approach division bench of the High Court against Madras High Court interim order’s which had curtailed her authority to act independently of the elected government.

(Source: ANI)

Child Suicide Bomber Kills 5 at Afghan Wedding

A 13-year-old suicide bomber blew himself up at a wedding in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, killing five people and injuring 11 others.

(Source: AP)

Six TN Fishermen Arrested by Lankan Navy

Six Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested by Sri Lankan navy personnel for allegedly straying into the island nation's waters, a Fisheries department official said.

(Source: PTI)

Woman Allegedly Forced to Exit Bus With Husband's Body After Heart Attack

The conductor of an Uttar Pradesh State Transport bus allegedly asked a woman to get off the bus after her husband died in the middle of the journey.

The couple was travelling from Bahraich to Lucknow to visit their relatives when the man's health deteriorated and he suddenly died.

(Source: ANI)

Health Ministry to Use AI in Safe Way in Public Health

The Union Health Ministry is working towards using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in a safe and effective way in public health in the country.

(Source: PTI)

Crude Oil Prices Rise on Upbeat Global Cues

Crude oil prices rose 0.61 percent to Rs 4,157 per barrel in futures trade as speculators raised their exposure, tracking a rebound in global markets.

(Source: PTI)

10 Detained Nigerian Nationals Escape from Jail, Police Looking into It

10 Nigerian nationals detained by Gautam Buddh Nagar police under Operation Clean, escaped from jail.

Meerut zone's ADG Prashant said, “Some inmates escaped due to negligence of guard. Some of them were later caught. Action being taken against staff who are responsible for it.”

(Source: ANI)

Rahul Gandhi Arrives in Ahmedabad, to Appear in Court for Defamation Case

Rahul Gandhi has arrived at Ahmedabad airport. He will appear before Ahmedabad Metropolitan Court today, in connection with criminal defamation suit filed against him by Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank and its chairman Ajay Patel.

(Source: ANI)

LJP Leader Ram Paswan Hospitalised After Suffering from Heart Attack

Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) Member of Parliament (MP), Ram Chandra Paswan suffered major heart attack yesterday. He is admitted at RML hospital in Delhi. His condition is critical.

(Source: ANI)

4 Trains Cancelled/Short Terminated in Guwahati Due to Rains

In Guwahati, 4 trains have been cancelled/short terminated as railway tracks between Jatinga Lumpur – New Harangajao station in Lumding–Badarpur hill section under Lumding division of Northern Frontier Railway, have been affected due to heavy rainfall in the area.

(Source: ANI)

Delhi Govt Gives Phase 4 Construction of Delhi Metro Its Nod

Delhi govt said that it has agreed to give a go-ahead for Phase 4 construction of Delhi Metro. The Supreme Court has issued directions for commencement of work.

(Source: PTI)

Sonakshi Sinha Reacts to Cheating Allegations Levelled Against Her

"Would Request the Media Not to Fan the Bizarre Claims of an Unscrupulous man," tweeted Sonakshi Sinha in respone to the allegations levelled against her by an event organiser, accusing the actor of accepting payment for an event she did not attend.

(Source: ANI)

Six Children, Four Adults Die in Russia Car Accident

Six children were among 10 people killed when an all-terrain vehicle capsized while crossing a remote Siberian river, authorities said.

(Source: PTI)

Jharkhand HC Grants Bail to Lalu Prasad Yadav in Fodder Scam Case

Jharkhand High Court has granted bail to RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav in the fodder scam case relating to Deoghar treasury.

(Source: ANI)

Rahul Gandhi Gets Bail In Criminal Defamation Case

Ahmedabad Metropolitan Court has granted bail to Rahul Gandhi, in connection with criminal defamation suit filed against him by Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank and its chairman Ajay Patel, reports ANI.

Two college students drown in Bhavani River

Two college students drowned in the Bhavani river at Sirumugai, about 45 kms from Coimbatore on Friday, police said.

Koteeshwaran and Prashant went to bathe and got drowned when they went to the deeper side of the water body, the police said.

The bodies were recovered and further investigations on.

(Source: PTI)

Sheila Dikshit Appoints 14 Dist Cong Committee Observers

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee President Sheila Dikshit has appointed 14 District Congress Committee Observers and 280 Block Congress Committee Observers, reports ANI.

Thiruvananthapuram: University Students Protest Stabbing of Collegaue in Clashes

Students of University College in Thiruvananthapuram protested outside the college after a 3rd year student got stabbed in a clash that broke out between the members of Students' Federation of India (SFI) and other students of the college on Friday, reports ANI.

One Killed in Clashes Between Two Local Groups in West Bengal

One person has been killed in clashes between two local groups in West Bengal's North 24 Pargana district's Kankinara, reports News18.

Piyush Goyal Meets US Trade Representative Team in Delhi

Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal met the United States Trade Representative (USTR) team in Delhi on Friday, 12 July,

According to media reports, US Ambassador to India, Kenneth Juster was also present at the meeting.

China to Impose Sanctions on US Firms in Taiwan Arms Sale

China will impose sanctions on US firms in Taiwan arms sale, reports AFP.

TMC Leader Saiful Hasan Killed in West Bengal's Murshidabad

TMC leader Saiful Hasan killed in broad daylight on Friday afternoon in Harihar, Murshidabad district, reports News18.

Army Denies Reports of PLA Infiltration into Ladakh

The Indian Army has denied reports of Chinese Army infiltrating into Ladakh area in India.

“The Chinese Army didn't infiltrate. Their personnel wearing civilian clothes came in a civilian vehicle and stationed themselves on their side of Line of Actual Control in Demchok area. At that moment, the villagers were celebrating birthday of the Dalai Lama, reports ANI, quoting sources.

DGCA Issues Notice to Four Senior IndiGo Executives over Safety Lapses

Aviation regulator DGCA has found multiple safety lapses during special audit of IndiGo, Notice has been issued to four senior executives, reports PTI, quoting sources.

BSE Stock Options: Sebi Imposes Rs 42 Lakh Fine on 5 Entities for Non-Genuine Trades

Markets regulator Sebi has imposed a total fine of Rs 42 lakh on five entities for executing non-genuine trades in the illiquid stock options segment of BSE.

As per Sebi's orders, a fine of Rs 14 lakh was levied on Evergrowing Iron & Finvest, while Zealous Financial Services and Vijay Shree Builders Pvt Ltd were imposed a penalty of Rs 9 lakh each. A fine of Rs 5 lakh each was also levied on Amit Auto Credit Company and Ganpati Multi Commodity Business India.

The five entities "indulged in execution of reversal of trades in stock options segment of BSE with same entities on the same day. Such trades are non-genuine in nature and have created false and misleading appearance of trading in terms of artificial volumes in the stock options segment of BSE," Sebi said in similarly worded, but separate orders.

(Source: PTI)

Retail Inflation Rises to 3.18% in June

Retail inflation has risen to 3.18 percent in June from 3.05 percent in May.

Industrial production growth at 3.1 percent in May, compared to 3.8 percent in year-ago month.

(Source: PTI via Government data)

NHRC Issues Notice to Uttarakhand DGP over 'Death in Police Custody'

The National Human Rights Commission has issued notice to the Uttarakhand DGP over a reported death in police custody in Udham Singh Nagar, reports ANI.

Scrap Dealer Injured in Blast In J&K's Pulwama

A scrap dealer was injured after an unknown device went off in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, police said.

Javed Ahmad Dar, a resident of Zasow area in south Kashmir district, was dealing with junk when the incident took place, a police official said.

Dar was immediately rushed to the District Hospital Pulwama, and was later referred to the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital for specialised treatment, he said.

(Source: PTI)

Former Arunachal CM Nabam Tuki Booked for Corruption

The CBI has booked Nabam Tuki, former CM of Arunachal Pradesh on charges of corruption, cheating and forgery. A case has been registered against him and his brother Nabam Tagam on allegations that Nabam Tuki awarded a govt project worth ₹3.20 Crore to his brother in 2003.

(Source: ANI)

Goa CM Asks 3 GFP MLAs & Independent Rohan Khaunte to Resign from Cabinet

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has reportedly asked three GFP MLAs and independent Rohan Khaunte to resign from cabinet, reports PTI.

Hafiz Saeed Challenges Terror Financing Charges Against Him

Mumbai attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and his six aides on Friday challenged the charges of terror financing and money laundering against them in a Pakistani court.

The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Police on 3 July registered 23 FIRs against 13 leaders of the Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) including its chief Saeed on the charges of "terror financing" in different cities of Punjab province.

Despite the Punjab Police's claim that all those nominated in the terror financing FIRs will be arrested, no action has been taken against them so far.

On Friday Saeed, who is reportedly living at his Jauhar Town residence in Lahore, challenged these FIRs in the Lahore High Court.

(Source: PTI)

TRS Leader, Abducted by Maoists, Found Dead

A TRS leader, who was abducted by Maoists from his house three days ago in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district of Telangana, was found dead on the state's border with Chattisgarh, police said on Friday.

N Srinivas Rao, a local Telangana Rashtra Samithi leader aged around 45, was abducted from Kothur village in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district around midnight Monday.

"His body was found in Errampadu, a small hamlet in Chhattisgarh. There was an injury on his head. We have to ascertain how he died.

"Only after an inquest can we exactly say how he died and whether it is a bullet injury or head injury," Rajesh Chandra, Additional Superintendent of Police Bhadrachalam, told PTI.

Rains Claim 7 Lives in NE, over 4 Lakh Affected in Assam Floods

Heavy monsoon showers triggered floods and landslides in parts of the Northeast, where at least seven people died on Friday and over four lakh in Assam were affected by a raging Brahmaputra, while rain-related incidents claimed 14 lives in Uttar Pradesh in past nine days.

However, the national capital's wait for the rain continued as it witnessed a hot and humid day with the maximum temperature settling at 38.3 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal. Some relief is likely on 15-16 July as rains are expected in the city.

(Source: PTI)

Trump Confirms Immigration Raids Set for the Weekend

US President Donald Trump confirmed on Friday that agents of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency will launch raids across the country this weekend to round up thousands of undocumented migrants for deportation.

"They came in illegally," he told reporters at the White House. "They are going to take people out and they are going to send them back to their country." Trump said ICE would focus mainly on people with convictions, including gang members, but also others.

"It starts on Sunday and they're going to take people out and they're going to bring them back to their countries," Trump told reporters at the White House.

(Source: AFP)

India, US Officials Discuss Broad Contours of Bilateral Trade

Senior officials from India and the US held detailed discussions Friday on various trade related issues to strengthen bilateral economic relations, the commerce ministry said.

"Both sides discussed the broad contours of bilateral trade and commercial ties and agreed to continue their discussions for achieving mutually beneficial outcomes aimed at further growing the economic relationship and addressing mutual trade concerns," it said in a statement.

A team led by Assistant US Trade Representative (AUSTR) for South and Central Asia, Christopher Wilson, was here for the meeting with senior officials of the commerce and industry ministry.

The US delegation, it said, was here to explore potential for enhanced bilateral trade and economic engagement with India under the new government.

Two More Indian Nationals Arrested in Iranian Oil Tanker Probe in Gibraltar

Four Indian nationals are in detention in Gibraltar in connection with an ongoing investigation into an Iranian oil supertanker seized last week for breaching the EU sanctions against Syria, as Royal Gibraltar Police arrested two more Indian sailors on Friday.

The latest arrests, of the second mates aboard the vessel named Grace I, follow the arrest of the captain and chief officer of the ship on Thursday on suspicion of breaching the European Union (EU) sanctions against Syria.

"All four men are Indian nationals and they have been granted full legal assistance, telephone contact with their families and access to their consular authorities," Royal Gibraltar Police said in a statement.

(Source: PTI)

India, Russia Hold Talks to Boost Space Cooperation

India and Russia held high-level talks in New Delhi to elevate bilateral cooperation to the next level in the field of space, including assistance in India's maiden human space flight mission 'Gaganyaan', according to Ministry of External Affairs.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Dmitry Rogozin, Director General of Russia's space agency ROSCOSMOS, led the two sides in the meeting held on Thursday.

(Source: PTI)

Mueller Testimony on Russia Meddling Investigation Postponed

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's appearance in US Congress next week to testify on the Russia election meddling investigation and allegations of obstruction by President Donald Trump has been postponed, US media reported on Friday.

Mueller was scheduled to appear on 17 July before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees.

But media reports say the planned sessions were viewed as too short by members of the committees and that negotiations were underway for longer hearings, possibly on 24 July.

(Source: AFP)

Amit Shah Seeks Report on Functioning of Mining Industry in Goa

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has asked the Mines Ministry to submit a report on the functioning of the mining industry in Goa within eight days, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said Friday.

The mining industry in the coastal state had come to a standstill one-and-a-half years ago after the Supreme Court quashed 88 mining leases owing to irregularities in the process adopted for their renewal.

(Source: PTI)

CM Kejriwal Flags off First Train Under Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Friday flagged off the first train under the Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra scheme from the Safdarjung railway station here.

Under the religious pilgrimage scheme, fully funded by the Delhi government, the train will ferry 1,000 senior citizens on the Delhi-Amritsar-Wagah Border-Anandpur Sahib tour circuit. The government will bear the entire expenditure, including travel, accommodation, meals and other arrangements.

(Source: PTI)

Privacy of Citizens a Severe Casualty Under Bjp Govt: Surjewala

The Congress on Friday accused the Narendra Modi government of selling personal data of citizens and said privacy has become a severe casualty under the BJP rule.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said it was not just the "big brother" but his crony friends are watching too.

(Source: PTI)

2 Arrested for Allegedly Forging IMA Founder's Property Documents

Two people were arrested on Friday for allegedly forging property documents of a building in Richmond circle, Bengaluru belonging to IMA founder Mansoor Khan.

Bengaluru (Urban) DC Vijayshankar who was arrested earlier, remanded to judicial custody till 25th July.

(Source: ANI)

Modi, Macron to Hold Bilateral Talk Before G7 Summit

PM Modi will hold a bilateral meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron before the G7 summit in France.

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said;

"We (India-France) have stood shoulder to shoulder in working together for adoption of Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism and France has been foremost in our efforts to list terrorists in the United Nations Sanctions Committee."

(Source: ANI)

At Least Seven Dead in Somalia Hotel Attack

At least seven people were killed on Friday in a suicide bomb and gun attack claimed by Al-Shabaab militants on a hotel in southern Somalia.

Authorities said a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into the popular Medina hotel in the southern port town of Kismayo before several heavily armed gunmen forced their way inside, shooting as they went.

(Source: PTI)

Special Counsel Mueller's Testimony Delayed Until 24 July

Special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony to Congress has been delayed until July 24 under an agreement that gives lawmakers more time to question him.

(Source: AP)

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